Health

Kodiak’s only resident veterinarian will leave, but a new vet arrives in June

The only resident veterinarian in Kodiak has her last day at the local clinic Mar. 1. Pet parents need not worry though, as KMXT’s Brian Venua reports, the clinic will still be business as usual, as rotating vets will fill the gap until the next resident doctor arrives in June.  Dr. Emily Iacobucci is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and …

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Kodiak Island Borough putting more money towards hospital repairs amidst one assembly member’s concerns

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly is moving forward with repairs at the island’s hospital. Assembly members approved more funds for updates to the Kodiak Island Medical Center at a meeting last week on Feb. 15. Regional healthcare provider Providence, operates out of the medical center but the borough owns the building. Designs to update the sterile processing department, which involves …

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Kodiak delegation pushes bills to support fisheries and establish a state pension

The Alaska Legislative Session started Jan. 16 and Kodiak’s delegation has already introduced a slew of bills on the floor.  According to the Alaska Beacon, Representative Louise Stutes has three bills in the house as well as one house concurrent resolution so far.  HB 18 would have the state help create nonprofit regional fishing cooperatives with the goal to develop …

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City rescinds boil water notice issued on Christmas

The boil water notice for residents in Antone Way, Otmeloi Way, Parkside Drive, and Cliffside Road originally issued Dec. 25 ended Dec. 27, according to the City of Kodiak’s public works department.  While the affected area falls inside the borough, the city’s public works department manages the water mains from Monashka Bay areas down to Gibson Cove.  The department first …

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Kodiak dog tests positive for canine distemper

A dog at the Kodiak Animal Shelter tested positive for canine distemper, a potentially fatal virus for dogs. Jean Thurman, the shelter’s manager, said in a call that to the best of their knowledge, this is the first time a dog in Kodiak has tested positive for distemper.  The Kodiak Animal Shelter has several kennels for animals. (Brian Venua/KMXT) Thurman …

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Kodiak Community Health Clinic celebrates 20 years serving the island

The Kodiak Community Health Clinic is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. The clinic is right near the front of the Providence Hospital’s main building and was developed to help people who don’t have insurance or are low income. Some folks have sent the clinic flowers for the clinic’s two decades serving Kodiak. (Brian Venua/KMXT) Carol Austerman has been the …

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KANA to receive over a million dollars for solid waste systems in villages

Over $22 million in federal funding is coming to Alaska for waste and recycling infrastructure. That’s according to a joint press release today (Fri, Nov. 17) from Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.  The money is split between 17 municipal and tribal entities. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will receive over $3.5 million – the biggest chunk of funds by far. …

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Talk of the Rock: Movember and Men’s Health

On this week’s Talk of the Rock, host Jared Griffin discusses men’s mental and physical health with guests: Max Skinner, Community Development Manager with Movember Andy Ray, testicular cancer survivor Norma Smihal, Kodiak Movember organizer and advocate Movember is an awareness and health support program, designed to support men through mental health, and prostate and testicular cancer journeys. You can …

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City of Kodiak staff respond to breach in water main downtown

Updated November 13, 2023 City of Kodiak fixed the breach in the water main downtown and the boil water notice has been lifted, according to a representative for the health department of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The breach was initially found on Friday and staff worked through the weekend to ensure water quality returned as soon as possible. …

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